Can CPC+ align Physicians, Payers and HealthIT? (#hcbiz 11)

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its largest-ever multi-payer initiative to improve primary care in America. Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) is an advanced primary care medical home model that rewards value and quality by offering an innovative payment structure to support delivery of comprehensive primary care. The model is based


Direct Primary Care: The No-Payer Alternative (#hcbiz 10)

According to the AAFP: The direct primary care (DPC) model gives family physicians a meaningful alternative to fee-for-service insurance billing, typically by charging patients a monthly, quarterly, or annual fee (i.e., a retainer) that covers all or most primary care services including clinical, laboratory, and consultative services, and care coordination and comprehensive care management. Because


Is an empty hospital bed the most dangerous thing in America? (#hcbiz 9)

According to Jeffrey Brenner of Camden Coalition Hotspotting fame, it is. He told the Freakonomics Podcast that “you better worry if you go to one of those emergency rooms, because the chances of being admitted to the hospital when there are empty beds upstairs that they need to fill are going to be much, much higher


Dealing with the Doctor Shortage (#hcbiz 8)

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), America may be short up to 90,000 physicians by 2025. A lack of Primary Care Physicians could account for as much as 1/3 of that. Some of the factors contributing to the shortage, like population growth and an aging population, are outside of our control: Approximately